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    January 10, 2013
    4:00 - 4:30am PST  

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experts in every state are scrambling to deal with a flood of flu patients. >> one city has declared a state of emergency. abc's tahman bradley has the very latest. >> reporter: doctors are calling it one of the fiercest outbreaks in a decade. this flu strain that started in october, instead of january, has spread to 41 states, hitting at least 2,200 people. >> i'm declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: boston mass general is seeing unprecedented levels of patients. many of whom have to wait 24 hours to be admitted. in pennsylvania, one hospital had to set up a tent outside the emergency room to deal with flu patients. the situation is not much better in chicago, where overwhelmed hospitals diverted patients to less-crowded e.r.s. and in minnesota, they're dealing with 1,000 confirmed flu cases. >> please, we implore you to stay home when you are sick. >> reporter: at least 18 children have died from the flu this season, including a
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6-year-old in dallas, who was sent home from the hospital with a tylenol and never woke back up. >> went in there to check on her. she was gone. >> reporter: on the first day that a patient shows symptoms, the first sign is a fever as high as 104. even 106 degrees, with severe headaches and muscle pains. >> i was feeling dizzy still. and i couldn't breathe even worse. >> reporter: by day three, expect a sore throat, stuffy nose and a dry cough. >> i've never been hit by a mack truck. but i feel this is it. >> reporter: by day seven, an inflected person is no longer contagious. but symptoms such as fatigue and coughing can last for weeks. doctors say the only way to prevent further deaths from the flu is for people to get vaccinated. tahman bradley, abc news. and there's another impact of the flu outbreak. it could also slow down the economic recovery.
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lost work time, even canceled meetings, add up to billions of dollars in costs to employers. at the white house, the vice president hosts a second day of meetings on gun control. joe biden, along with the attorney general and other top officials will meet with the nra and other groups who oppose more gun restrictions. the president says he wants new legislation ready to go by the end of the month. new york's governor is demanding even tougher gun laws in his state, which already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire country. in a sometimes fiery speech, andrew cuomo called for closing loopholes on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the sandy hook shooting. >> this is not taking away people's guns. i own a gun. i own a remmington shotgun. i've hunted. i've shot. that's not what this is about. it is about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles.
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that's what this is about. >> lawmakers in albany are already meeting behind closed doors to reach a deal on new gun laws that could be announced and voted on by the end of the week. three days of a preliminary hearing have wrapped up in the case of suspected gunman from aurora, james holmes. witnesses in the courtroom said holmes showed some emotion for the first time in court yesterday. they say he smirked and even smiled as disturbing self-portraits were revealed by prosecutors. defense attorneys who claim that holmes is mentally ill, did not call any witnesses. a judge is expected to rule tomorrow, whether there is enough evidence to put holmes on trial. and a controversial sheriff in arizona has launched a new plan to put 500 armed volunteers on patrol just outside of schools. joe arpaio is well-known for his views on criminal justice. he says the armed posses are a way to prevent tragedies like the sandy hook shooting.
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critics say he's just interested in grabbing headlines. now, we turn to the wh now, we turn to the white house, where four cabinet members are about to leave. hilda solis is the latest to step down after serving as the first hispanic woman cabinet secretary. and president obama is expected to nominate jack lew for budget secretary. and if he is confirmed, we could see a lot more of this. lew's looping signature on every new greenback that is printed. it's been described as a slinky that lost its spring. but lew says he'll work at improving his penmanship if he gets the job. and secretary of state hillary clinton, another departing cabinet member, says that doesn't mean she's retiring. at her first official appearance after battling a blood clot, clinton said she's just, quote, stepping off the fast track for a little while. a couple from a new york neighborhood devastated by
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hurricane sandy is waking up in a new home this morning. burt and jean metz had just invested their life savings into upgrading their house in sandy point. then, sandy struck and four feet of water poured in. they lost everything. a volunteer group stepped in to help and showed off their work yesterday. look at that. >> bet they're feeling good. always good to be back home. so, congrats to them. time, now, for a look at weather across the country this morning. severe storms are a threat in memphis, mobile and new orleans. there could even be an isolated tornado, as well. meanwhile, raining in chicago, st. louis and kansas city. wintry west of the rockies, with snow in the mountains. and rain from seattle to l.a. >> it's another day of spring-like temperatures along the east coast. much of florida will be in the 80s. warmer, too, in the midwest. fargo will be 37, instead of the usual 18. much cooler in l.a., with a high in the mid-50s. when we come back this morning, why half the houses in america could be getting a huge
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break on their winter heating bills. good news. >> yes. then, a new token of our affection. you get to vote as monopoly dumps a classic playing piece for something shiny and new. and the biggest show in san diego today is in black and white. a baby panda meets his public. i'm only in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans.
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welcome back, everybody. well, aig has had some second thoughts about suing the federal government over the bailout that saved the company. the insurance giant has decided not to join a lawsuit that claims shareholders were hurt because aig got too little
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taxpayer money in the deal. aig, of course, was rescued with $182 billion taxpayer, in 2008. and has paid all of that back plus an extra $23 billion in profits for the american public. new consumer protections are on the way to make sure homeowners can really afford the mortgages they get. today, federal regulators will announce limits on interest-only loans. with stricter rules to verify borrowers' incomes. the steps, aimed at preventing another housing meltdown, take effect in a year. taking effect right now for homeowners who heat with natural gas, a big price plunge. warm temps and a supply glut has sent natural gas prices down 7% in just nine days. with the trend expected to continue. about half the country's homes are heated with natural gas. as tax season starts, if you feel like you're drowning in paperwork, you're not far off.
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a new look at the u.s. tax code shows it's almost 4 million words long, gets changed hundreds of times a year. and it takes more than 6 billion hours a year for individuals and businesses to comply. wow. and 2013 is barely under way. but detroit is already looking ahead to 2063. the city has just unveiled a 50-year revitalization plan to deal with unemployment, abandoned homes and vacant land. detroit has lost 250,000 people in the last decade. and the blueprint will make it easier for new businesses to start up and create community gardens and parks. and after almost 80 years, monopoly is making a change. hasbro has decided to dump one of the eight tokens that players move around the board. the iron, the thimble, the top hat, and so on. and the public gets to decide which one goes, in a facebook vote. and will pick the replacement, from choices including a robot, a helicopter, and a guitar.
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>> like many others, i still like the little race car. that's still my favorite. >> i know. the diamond ring is calling my name. >> oh. typical woman. yes. when we come back, a race against time to save a pod of killer whales. and it's ice that's now threatening their lives. and later in "the pulse," some upbeat news from our friend, robin, making plans for her return. there are a lot of warning lights and sounds vying for your attention. so we invented a warning you can feel. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with a patented safety alert seat. when there's danger you might not see, you're warned by a pulse in the seat. it's technology you won't find in a mercedes e-class. the all-new cadillac xts has arrived, and it's bringing the future forward.
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now, for a look at morning road conditions back here on earth. interstates will be wet around chicago, st. louis and kansas city. it will be rainy along i-5, from seattle to los angeles. stormy, on i-10, around new orleans. >> if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in chicago, memphis, new orleans, salt lake city, san francisco and l.a. and a crowd of whale watchers is keeping vigil on the frozen waters of canada's hudson bay over a pod of killer whales in grave trouble. >> the awesome sight captured on videotape is drawing an army of supporters around the globe. richard madden of canada's ctv, reports on the efforts to save those whales. >> reporter: the dramatic video shows about a dozen killer whales, gasping, even jumping for air through a tiny opening. they've been trapped under thick, arctic ice for days, in a remote corner of northern quebec. a view from above, shows that small opening is in the middle
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of a giant ice field, prompting fears the whales could suffocate. so, the town's mayor sent an urgent plea, for the coast guard to send up an ice breaker to free them. but ottawa says, ice breakers are too far away and an unlikely option. but the international attention caused by the viral video, has forced government officials to send a crew of scientists and biologists to see what can be done. but time may be running out. >> the video is very dramatic. you see a very small body of water with some very agitated whales. >> reporter: local residents don't appear to have the proper tools to cut through the ice. and the small patch of open water is shrinking in freezing temperatures, adding more urgency. >> number one is food. how long can they go for? and number two, how smaller will that breathing hole get? and number three, how long can they last? >> reporter: orcas aren't normally found here.
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residents say they were likely caught off guard by a sudden drop in temperature. so, a break in the weather could be the only difference between freedom or tragedy. richard madden, ctv news, ottawa. >> those whales are 12 miles from open water. government experts are expected to arrive there today to assess the situation. the ntsb is in new york this morning, investigating a ferry accident, which seriously injured 11 people. the packed commuter ferry was coming in from new jersey when it slammed into a dock in lower manhattan. passengers were sent flying. the ferry had just undergone a major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system. the former penn state football coach jerry sandusky faces a new court hearing today. his lawyers want a new trial and will argue they didn't have enough time to prepare for the first one because prosecutors gave them a flood of material at the last minute. sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse last june. and now, we turn to an
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inspiring story of generosity from south florida. airport worker patrick morgan was just doing his job when he found an ipad with $13,000 in cash tucked inside. now, being an honest guy, morgan reported his find to police. as a reward, the ipad's owner gave morgan 60 bucks. but the good deed does not end there. morgan, then, gave that money to a needy co-worker and also to a homeless woman. we all agree, it could have been a little more than $60. but still a good deed, nonetheless. time, now, for sports. and what a season for one l.a. basketball team, but not the one you might think. highlights from espn news. >> good morning. cole wright here with your "sportscenter" update. and the los angeles clippers, they've been red-hot, of late. winning 19 of the last 21. they struggled lately. lost 12 of the last 14. clippers down six. paul drives. there's matt barnes on the
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receiving end. he had 19 points off the bench. clippers within three. fourth quarter, now. paul, to barnes. if it's not broke, why fix it? paul, 19 points, 16 assists. clippers up 85-83. we can't have a lob-city highlight without that guy. blake griffin. clippers go on to win, 99-93. tony parker and the spurs, hosting the struggling lakers. lakers down five, under three to go. kobe, antwan jamison. lakers within three. 20 seconds to go. a three-point game. ginobili, with what looks to be the dagger. 108-102. that's what that made it. then, ten seconds to go. lakers within three. bryant shoots. no good. earl clark's try. would it be? huh-uh. he misses. lakers lose, spurs win, 108-105. that will do it for your "sportscenter" update. don't forget, for the latest from around the sporting world, tune into "the highlight express," weeknights and weekends at 11:00 eastern. it's show time at the
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san diego zoo today. it is 5-month-old panda cub meets the public for the first time, just hours from now, in fact. but reporters got this sneak peek at xiao liwu yesterday. >> he was back born in july. and after 20 medical checkups, zookeepers say he's ready for his close-up. he is the sixth panda cub born to his mother at the san diego zoo since 1999. >> cute, little guy. >> yes. up next this morning, "the pulse." and taking the plunge. taylor swift gives the people's choice awards quite an eyeful. it's a lion. it's a labrador. it's a labra-lion. and it has people calling 911. t, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit.
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well, what a morning for hollywood, in your thursday "pulse." oscar season begins in just a few hours. >> "family guy" creator, seth macfarlane, will announce the nominations this morning, alongside emma stone. macfarlane is also hosting the big show next month. you can see the nominations live later this morning at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. and awards season is already in full swing. the golden globes are this weekend. and the people's choice awards were just last night, with "the hunger games" winning an armful of awards. >> jennifer lawrence won favorite movie actress. and sandra bullock, honored for her humanitarian work in new orleans. >> having lived there, she deserved that. congrats. but take a look at taylor. >> despite a near slip, miss
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swift's dress is burning up the internet this morning. that dress seems to take everyone's mind off her latest breakup. and when police in norfolk, virginia, got a flood of calls about a baby lion on the loose, they called the local zoo to make sure none of their lions were missing. but then, they knew the culprit was this guy. >> charles is a labradoodle grooms to look like a lion. his owner calls him a labra-lion. and says it's not the first time the police have been called when he walks the dog, especially in the park near the zoo. >> i can see where that would freak people out. and it's great news to share from our friend and coe worker, robin roberts. >> he's recovering from a bone marrow transplant. but in the coming days, she will announced plans about her return to "good morning america." you can read robin's updates on goodmorningamerica.com. from everybody at abc, welcome home, robin. from everybody at abc, welcome home, robin. you can't get back fast enough. .
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>> live from the kgo broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> 4:28 on a chilly thursday morning. bundle up if you are going out. thanks for joining us. >> with precipitation there could be snow. mike nicco will talk about it. >> live doppler 7 hd, everyone, the snow we talked about could come to fruition. in the santa cruz mountains i have the radar color-coded for that. you can see we are looking at radar picking up snow above 1,500 to 2,000 feet. watch out on skyline boulevard and the summit. you could see snow down toward the summit. this is moving from northwest to southeast. it looks like we could get a couple of inches above 2,000'. be careful down there. the rest of us, just scattered
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showers mostly near the coast. >> no major problems with black ice on the lower elevations. we have light traffic on the golden gate bridge. we have road work on the northern portion of the span. it will be picked up at 5:00 and only affecting northbound direction and you are down do one left lane. elsewhere, road work to high street until 5:30, and eastbound dumbarton bridge until 6:00 there is slowing because of road work. northbound and southbound 101 lanes from shoreline highway to the oregon expressway, road work there, as well. kristen and eric? >> topping our news, federal investigators look at bay bridge safety equipment after a tanker slammed into a tower on the western span. agents are working to determine if radar equipment at the base of the tower was working properly. a coast guard bulletin on
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tuesday says this could have been a malfunction in the radar system when the "overseas raymar" scraped the base of the treasure near treasure island. the system was working properly on monday. we will have more in the next half hour. >> google executive chairman schmidt speaks out of the controversial visit to north korea. he was part of a delegation led by former new mexico governor bill richardson that left the country today without meeting with leader kim jong-un. on the way to china, he spoke on his role as advocate for intent freedom. >> when the intent starts, citizens in a country can certainly build on top of it. the government has to do something to make it possible for people to use the internet which the government has not yet done. it is their choice now. it isti

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